I came to express through the recommendation of a close family member who had worked there previously (although not as a temp). I went in and got all set up in person which didn't take very long, mainly just a few aptitude tests, some personal information and preferences and some questions about my working preferences (I.E. would you like to work night shifts etc etc).
I told express that I was available to be called in for work all the next week and they put me on their 'list'. After a few days of not being called I rang them up on the phone and let them know I'm still available for work. A few days later it was a friday and still not a single call. I rang them up once more and let them know I'm still available. This happened for the next two and a half months, calling in 2 or more times a week letting them know I was available for work and not getting a single thing.
Finally Express called me with a job, they told me I was going to be folding clothes inside of a trailer for several hours, seemed easy enough I took it. When I got to the job location (which I was several minutes late to because the directions they gave were not very good. They neglected to mention the area where we would be working at was in the back of a different companies parking lot... a company who had no idea that we were there on top of that!). I waited for the 'supervisor' to arrive for two hours in the blazing heat (He had the keys to the back of the truck so we couldn't start without him). I d
ProsThey find you work
ConsFew and Far Between Jobs, Bad working conditions, poor communication
I applied for a job through indeed and instantly started being spammed by several different locations outside of where I was even located. I was happy to get a call inviting me to interview for the position I'd applied for. In the days leading up to that I was called by two other express offices who said they wanted me to come in regarding positions I had no interest in. Annoying but I didn't think too much of it. I ended up getting the job I wanted only to be laid off a couple days later because the twenty something training me didn't think I was the right fit. In the brief time I was supposed to be training with this girl I witnessed her making weekend brunch reservations, editing her friend's electronic wedding invite, frequently stepping away from her desk ( and me) to flirt with the men in the office, and responding to dozens of personal emails and texts. Not to mention she was late both days and made no secret about how she didn't want to be training. As you can imagine, I ( with flawless work history, two diplomas and a bachelor's degree) was not impressed. When I tried to reach out to my express contact for further answers I was basically ghosted. The best part is when I was awaiting payment and saw a penny had been deposited. I called furious and was told it was a test to check correct information yet nothing further was deposited. I was then told I would have to come down and pick up my cheque. Absolutely would not recommend to anybody!
ConsNo job security, unreliable communication, condescending attitudes from those with limited experience themselves
Environmental Specialist | Olds, AB | Mar 13, 2020
I was hired on to work as a packager for Sundial Growers, they then changed me to be a janitor without consulting me first, I did not get any say on my position.. I was not told many important things at the time. NOTE TO EVERYONE WHO GETS AN INTERVIEW: You are not going to be working FOR the company you work AT. They have a whole, useless system where you have to go through an extra person to get anything done. You have NO job security, they go through workers like no tomorrow, they don't care if you keep your placement, they have a billion other people who can do the job just fine, so from the moment you get placed you need to keep looking for other jobs.
Travel is Not paid, even when its an hour both ways, they do provide a bus for long travel, but even then, non ideal. Breaks are not paid, for 9 hours at work you get paid for only 9.
Its better to find where they will be placing you and apply there in person, For example, from a possible 24$ wage I was receiving 18$ of that. Just skip these middle men and go for the real deal, that way you have actual opportunities to advance in the company you're working at, and you get more money that way.
TLDR, if you're desperate, apply, but it should be considered temporary at best, do not rely on keeping this job for even a moment.
A typical work day was varied from checking holes with a rod for 8 hours to cleaning and working machines.
I learned what a production line process was like in regards to efficiency and ensuring products are to standard. The management and co-workers varied from job to job however the overall impression i received from them was negative. Working with other temps was often grueling due to the pesamstic attitude they gave off about the job, and the management would often not treat the other temps with much better moods. The hardest part about the job to me was being able to prove that I was more then capable of the job to the point where I would gain a full time position in the company. Every job from the temp agency was extremely repeative and often thoroughly understood after a couple hours of work. This made proving efficiency and worth to the management difficult because I personally thought most people would be able to do the jobs that we as temps were givin. There were good parts of the job too. There were some nice people that I spent time with and had the experience of seeing what a variety of work places were like.
ConsPromise of jobs after 3 months yet I never once received one
A typical day at work included lifting heavy boxes of fashion items and moving them around the warehouse on pallets and pallet Jack trucks from 9am-9pm. Management were rude and treated us like slaves, our introduction was literally " i hope you can speak English because i definately cannot speak your language( the fact that we applied for a job application written in English should have told him we all spoke it), you will work and only work,no socializing, no phones and no one should be in a relationship, and if you have a problem with that, the door is right there" the building itself had only a fan working so it was humid, the only source of motivation to work were humorous coworkers and a single standing speaker blaring out rock music....my experience is probably different from everyone else on here mostly because i only up to that point, had worked Part-time, but its my own personal experience with the company, i try to help people in the best way i can.
ConsTerrible Management, long term medical consequences
Fast paced and repetitively doing the same task day in and day out
The management team at express are so unprofessional that they will take any thing that should be held in confidence and tell the employer just do they think of ways to be rid of you and when it’s time to breach your assignment they don’t have the professional ethics to call you but rather email you the bad head as they don’t line to be challenged nor do they want to explain the reasons why, they all need to return back to school and be disciplined on work ethics and how to treat their staff members when it comes to dropping the ball abs conveying that your job is done or you are fired, trust me , they always have a replacement worker lurking in the wings to take over your job and they don’t care as they are getting a handsome sum of money from you for every hour worked, it’s not coming out of their pockets , they still get their hourly pay check but the worker they canned means nothing to them as there is always someone else to replace you.
I responded to a craigslist ad for a specific role only to be told there really wasnt that exact position, she just wanted to "reel people in" (her words not mine).
So i talk to her and go over a possible assignment and after about a week I get that asignment because they were to busy to start sooner and aparently had nothing sooner.
Im not going to get into details, but it was nothing like she had explained to me. It wasnt the type of job I was looking for. I told the front office manager i didnt like it and please switch me, she said the case manager ( or whatever they are called ) was away and cant do anything till shes back, thay was a tuesday. On friday after no response or anything I said i dont want to return there please switch me. She said good luck with your job search good bye.
I felt like i was lied to and that what I was looking in a job didnt matter. As long as they have a body filling a role they dont care.
I would suggest sticking it out and finding a real job, indeed makes it really easy.
I worked out of the Cloverdale BC office. You are a tempmory fill in worker at different jobs. They will send you to a site that fits your talents, if you find the job did not suit you that is ok. I had worked for Esso 20 years then Esso sold off all its sites so we were put out of work.. Not being able to find work I went to Express . They found me work right away. While working for them I worked at Potatoe Chip maker, Friut/veggie storter. 4 different Plastic Manufacturers. I was at one for so long that I got hired on full time there. They are proud when you do get hired on by company they sent you to. In fact during a slow time at my new job they sent me to a place I had worked at before so I could keep my hours up! Also you can book yourself off if you want to go away. What I love is that I had visited Express Professionals Ranch in Yukon Oklahoma with its Clydesdale Horse many times!
ProsFinds you a job that suits you. Work 40 hours a week or what you want They care about you!
ConsReally no cons
Customer Service Representative | Edmonton, AB | Nov 6, 2018
Went into 2 different Express Professionals office
I applied for 2 different jobs and went into 2 different Express Professionals Offices. The first one, was in Central Edmonton. The lady there was nice, and gave me information. Although I did not get a call for the job I was applying for. The second office was at the Southeast location. The person that I had an appointment with was late getting to me because she was too busy socializing with another client. Talking about what they are doing, etc. Then when I was called in, and I felt like an old person looking for a job talking to a 20 year old with no life experiences. I felt like I was not taken seriously, and I also did not get an answer for the job that I was applying for. (Yes I am qualified for what I was looking for). The so called interview took 5 minutes. What a waste of my time. I felt like this was a high school environment with clicky girls. Disappointed and not impressed. Won't be recommending this Company to anyone.
Originally, this was a 2-month temporary assignment with the City of Edmonton Law Branch, which got extended into 3 months (the maximum allowed by the union).
I learned how to enter data to open a file in iVos (data base) and modifying it as needed. Also created the physical files to match.
Provided relief to receptionist as needed. Co-workers were a great bunch to work with. The most enjoyable part of the job was that I was able to improve the condition of the files in Expropriation. I also like the project I did to organize all the information a lawyer had on the Downtown Arena.
The hardest part of the job was finding enough work to do, especially the first month. The second and the third month I started to work on the Expropriation files.
Part of the time, we had a rush job for photocopying 8 or 9 copies of documents. Other scanning and photocopying as needed.
ProsFlexible hours: 8 to 4 became 7:30 to 3:30 with 1/2 hour lunch
As with any temp agency, you are taking a risk. Took position because I was told it was a temp to hire. No health insurance, dental, or prescription coverage. No 401k, no vacation, sick or personal time. You work to make money for them for doing absolutely nothing except sending your paycheck. The only positive was that the pay was weekly instead of every 2 weeks. There was absolutely no support once on assignment, no checking in to see how things were going, etc. Was bullied daily on job by an older, permanent woman who was incompetent and insecure for many reasons; one being that the owner of the company said I was there to replace her, right in front of her, my second week there. The office bully was demoted from supervisor position to regular customer service and almost fired 2 years prior to me joining the company. Although the owner, CFO, and coworkers/trainers said I learned faster than anyone previously in my position and was doing an excellent job, and was well liked, there was little talk of permanent hiring. After being micromanaged daily by bully coworker, and constantly pushed around after only 2 months, I was ready to walk out and quit. Spoke to manager (in another state) to explain my frustration and wanting to leave. He talked me out of it and said he'd talk with the bully, and to just keep up the great job, but warned me the bully might rebel against me after his talk with her! And she did, and this was not handled right at all. Two weeks after th
ConsNo support in field, no benefits, vacation or sick time, you're just a body for them to earn off of to these agencies.
After being given a job that I was told to be long term temporary work, I found out when I went back my first day of the second week that the job assignment was only for one week. So I worked with Express Pro Staffing for one 4 day week working 12 hours a day. I was a picker and I actually liked the job itself, I planned on being there a while. So I have no hard feelings toward any of the warehouse staff that I worked with. But anyways after working my one week I called Express to talk about my paycheck and she said it'd be available to pickup next Friday, which would've been a one week wait (I was fine with that and I was expecting to have to wait one week). So on Friday #1 I go there and the lady working the front desk (same lady that does payroll) says to me we don't have a check here with your name. "Where did you work, what days did you work and what time was your shift?" So I give her all my info and she says to me "Okay thanks, I'll take this info and call the warehouse whenever I can to confirm your hours. You can come back next Friday and we should have it then." And as mad as I was I decided to contain my anger and just wait another week. So on Friday #2 I get there and approach the counter lady (they only have one counter lady so its the same girl throughout the story) and I say "Hey I'm here to pickup my paycheck." She says "Okay what's you're name?" as she starts scanning through envelopes with paychecks in them with names on the front for other people. Then afte
ProsNone about Express, but the job itself wasn't bad.
ConsThey're unorganized and rude. Hung up on me and my sister before for asking simple questions.
I have always had a good feeling about Express Employment Professionals! Ever since my first meeting with my recruiter the Monday after Thanksgiving of 2018, I somehow knew she would help me in my job search. We had immediately discussed my skills, and she gave me an assessment. I had remained in contact with her for almost nine months following that Monday, throughout my other assignments. Whenever the assignment would end, I'd just touch base and say, "I just want to let you know that I am available for work." She took me seriously! She made it her mission to look for a position that was tailored to my abilities.
Let's fast-forward to August of 2019. I had just finished another, awful assignment with a different agency, and I was in a state of depression. I got in touch with my Express Employment recruiter, and within a week, she got me set up with an interview and provided me with the information I needed to know, not only about the job itself but about the company for which I'd be working.
I got lost on my way to the first interview, and I had to call the office. The recruiter's husband guided me to the company, and he was extremely patient. When I got there, the receptionist couldn't have been more welcoming! I couldn't stop apologizing, and she said, "That happens." I wasn't sure they'd want to meet with me, because I had shown up 30 minutes late, but they were kind enough to allow me time to redeem myself. I thought I had blown it after the first interview, but
This is going to be long, but please do read this and come to your own conclusions.
I was brought in to potentially start working in their office as a staffing agent. I started as a temp, where I worked in their office for 1-2 weeks to see if I would be the right fit. The franchise owner deemed that I was, and offered me the position working there full time for what was (at the time) a decent amount of pay.
Sounds pretty cut and dry, but everything went south as soon as I officially began working there. The woman training me was rude and unprofessional, often snapping at me (both literally and figuratively), belittling me, rolling her eyes at me, and turning me loose after giving me a 30 second rundown of what to do. If I asked for help or any sort of explanation, I was met with more rudeness.
I was treated by her, and eventually everyone else, as an annoying nuisance, and was never made to feel a "part of the team." Some examples include being left out of decision making, my opinion was never considered during meetings, I was not asked to participate in lunch or coffee runs, and if I asked, I was met with looks and attitudes displaying annoyance. Needless to say, the environment was very high school clique-like.
A perfect example of the way I was treated: at one point, we suffered a series of snow storms. Many days, I was texted about coming in late until the weather had cleared up. On one of these occasions, I was told to come in at 9am or 10am. When I went to g
This company thrives on the false promises that they're better than the other agencies because they care. They do not care, the owner I worked for didn't anyway. He was too worried about his personal affairs and the drama of his personal life to actually show up to the office more than 1 or 2 times a week, yet, he'd bark orders about what needs to be done and how it needs to be done while sitting in his apartment he liked to brag about that was close enough to the beach he could walk. When something was forgotten, because I was the only person working in the office MOST OF THE 18 MONTHS I WORKED THERE, it was inexcusable and he was "rude" since I can't use profanity here, flat out. This particular owner also likes to gossip about the other franchise owners and even has special little nicknames for some of them. Anyway, some offices are okay and the owners aren't bad but the one I worked for was HELLo, 18 months of consistent stress and bullying from the owner. Threats of do this or else and do this and if you don't want to(even if I felt it was unethical or wrong), you know where the door is.
Managmemet makes or breaks a business and this owner is breaking everything about it, in the 3 yrs that office has been open, I was the longest standing employee at 18 months. Everyone else quit after 6 months or so or he fired them for reasons that were ridiculous. When working for an Express franchise owner, you are on that franchisees payroll, you have no one you can go to. There is
Franchisee concerned with bottom line only. Bean counter.
Each Express is individually owned and operated so experiences may be different depending on the owner you work for. I worked for an office in Elizabethtown, KY and one of the owner's was a complete bean counter, concerned with bottom line only. Did not care about employees other than are we making our numbers.
One ridiculous example of this is as follows:
As a Staffing Coordinator I was coming in at 6:30am to complete my training modules, send out emails completed QC checks and just get set up for the day with priorities and follow-ups. I would be in the office until 5 and 6pm for about two months straight. Because I was exempt I understood I would not get paid OT. One day the office manager had to take me to the hospital due to my blood pressure being dangerously elevated. I left about 2.5 hours early that day (had come in early also.) When it came time to submit timecards the office manager asked if I wanted to use my PTO for that 2.5 hours. I was floored. When I discussed the "nonsense" with the owner he simply said labor law allows him to require me to use it. Ok, needless to say I worked 8 to 5 everyday from that point on.
The office manager did not provide any kind of operational training, was very rude and actually down right mean to me when I first began working there. It was for this reason that I took it upon myself to come in early to get useful training from the training modules provided via Express University.
I was called out of my name
ProsI loved assisting associates with finding work.
ConsOwner strictly bottom line, does not care about employees or worklife balance.